LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE BETWEEN #2 2016 Publication Date: 06/06/2014
Last month Harper’s Magazine (April 2016) published a fascinating report about a Jay Miscovich, who found what he claimed were hundreds of emeralds from a Spanish shipwreck that went down in 1622. The Florida Keys have long been a hunting ground for sunken treasure. So many vessels were wrecked among the islands and reefs, loaded as they were with billions of dollars worth of gold, silver and jewels being shipped in countless Spanish armadas as they sailed from South America to Spain, that they still attract hundreds of treasure hunters, divers, investors, international government claimers, wall street hedge funds, people of all kinds, many who are ruthless and greedy.
NOTES FROM TOAD HALL Spring #2 2014 Publication Date: 08/17/2014
We live in a climate where the seasons are sharp. There is no mistaking them. Winter freezes everything including our senses; but they waken again with the shifting south wind, in slight rises in temps, in clouds changing from steel gray to white muslin, when it is still well below freezing, we sniff the air and say, “I smell spring!”
Editor's Note (Denis Haack) Pilgrim's Stories: Evangelism is a Dirty Word (John Seel) How Committed is Too Committed? (Denis Haack) Beauty is Life: Review of Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura (Denis Haack)
Review: Rumours of Glory, A Memior by Bruce Cockburn (Denis Haack) The Power of Money and Greed (Denis Haack)
Today spring is in the air and explosions tore lives and property apart in Brussels. The contradiction seems too great to be possible and yet it is real. Beauty and brokenness that both stagger the imagination. Every worldview and religion agrees that something is wrong, but each proposes a different solution. It is an issue worth some careful reflection and conversation.
Ransom exists to try to encourage that sort of reflection and conversation. We hope you find our website stimulating even if you come to different conclusions. Some issues just can't be ignored. Thanks for visiting.